Wednesday, 8 December 2010

For Widows and Orphans

It was an interesting quote yesterday from the Presidential news conference:

"Most Americans, they're just trying to figure out how to -- how to go about their lives and -- and how can we make sure that our elected officials are looking out for us. And that means because it's a big, diverse country and people have a lot of complicated positions, it means that in order to get stuff done, we're going to compromise. This is why FDR when he started Social Security it only affected widows and orphans. You did not qualify. And yet now it is something that really helps a lot of people."

Social Security started only to help orphans and widows?  Well....no.  That was fairly clear in that it was for American workers, and had nothing to do with widows or orphans.

The White House is apparently going to brief the President and correct his understanding of the program.  He might actually be shocked, and then start to ask other questions.

What is this thing called the Constitution?

Why are Senators around anyway?

Whats the purpose of the Presidential emblem?

Do you have to have a Vice-President?  Does it have to be this Biden-character?

Wasn't this Jefferson dude who wrote the Constitution a Progressive at heart?

I'm guessing that the staff may stand there and put together a Government 101 program and introduce the President to American civics.  Meanwhile, at some sixth grade history class in January, some kid from Iowa is going to hand in a report that Social Security was designed and built for widows and orphans.....and cite the President as a source.  The teacher will think about it and remember this comment....and then give little Timmy a A-plus for his report.   Years from now....it'll continue to be cited as a fact.